The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Waxman, who drafted the health care bill, and Blue Dog Democrats, the fiscally conservative wing of the Democratic party, reached an agreement yesterday that would slash approximately $100 million dollars from the health care reform bill. This has enraged some progressive Democrats in the House, who want a public option included in the bill. One of those progressive House Democrats joins us from Washington, D.C.: Congressman Anthony Weiner, Democrat from New York's 9th District.
"The right has done a remarkably good job, with the help of the insurance companies, of focusing only on the cost to government, but the cost to citizens overall is going to be way down."
—Rep. Anthony Weiner on health care reform